The fashion spotlight shined on Los Angeles this week, giving West Coast designers the perfect stage for their imaginations — sophisticated ladies, Latin lovelies, incurable flirts and so much more.
David Cardona: While being young has myriad advantages in Los Angeles, for David Cardona, experience — 10 years of it — is finally paying off. The former engineer spent the last five years quietly building his business, catering to sophisticated clients and a handful of celebs with his simple, elegant eveningwear. But can Cardona also meet the needs of a wider market?
In a word: Yes. The collection he sent out proved he’s finally found the perfect balance between fresh styling and familiar classics, all tempered with his signature razor-sharp tailoring. There was plenty of silk twill and clean-cut charmeuse, and his sexy leathers skimmed the body. But it was the subtle details that really stood out. A beige suede skirt, for example, featured a dropped waistline that curved seductively around the hips, while a belted canvas motorcycle jacket topped a striped godet skirt that swished around the model’s knees as she walked the Pollack-like paint-splattered runway. Even in his sassier moments — a V-neck minidress covered in icy blue beads — he retained a certain refinement keeping the hemline at a more sophisticated than saucy height.
Eduardo Lucero: No girls allowed. While such a sign doesn’t mark Eduardo Lucero’s Beverly Boulevard atelier, it might as well. The Cuban-American designs with women in mind, particularly the Latina ideal who makes no apologies for being curvy and uber glam. Nor does he make apologies for loving a little beaded sparkle or plunging necklines or even the va-va-voom of red and hot pink played together. New to his liquid charmeuse or lacey diva gowns were handkerchief hems and plenty of strategically placed lace insets with red-carpet appeal. Even the looks that could work before sunset didn’t dare edge into casual, for example, an olive and tangerine floral blouse wrapped in a boned red corset. Pants, a widening category in Lucero’s repertoire, were flared or tapered and could easily fulfill other areas of a busy socialite’s life.
Martinmartin: Eric and Diane Moss Martin, husband and wife, have a reputation for their intensive methods of manipulating fabric. They do that "a twist here, a tuck there" thing really well, but it’s time to move on. At their show Sunday night, they showed many of the same pieced T-shirts, layered, raw-edged skirts and fencing-style jackets that they’ve been doing for seasons. Still, the designers’ stoic palette of black, white and olive suited the pretty long, silk charmeuse slipdresses, one with a tres-glam loop of fabric at the hem to hook around the wrist — the better to negotiate the red carpet. The slim pants were great, too, as well as the blouson jackets shown with cuffed cargo pants and the olive minimalist jumpsuit. But it’s definitely time to retire all those jackets with tricky cutouts in the back.
Tree: On a rooftop above Hollywood Boulevard and L.A.’s urban sprawl, design duo Beverly Klein and Theresa McAllen created a whimsical forest with slide-projected sorbet-hued leaves, green turf and tree stumps — the perfect backdrop to their pretty spring lineup. They dolled up beige suits with candy-colored embroidery, trimmed girly handpainted silk dresses in ribbons and slipped a delicate Twenties dress over culottes. While some of it looked a tad familiar, for the most part, these are just the sort of clothes any flirty girl-at-heart would love.
Petro Zillia: Inspiration may have started with cutesy vintage figurines but it took a turn somewhere, and the results looked like Heidi on acid. Yosi Drori and Nony Tochterman, the husband-and-wife duo behind Petro Zillia, have always relished nuclear color and graphic patterns, qualities not enough of their peers fully embrace — even Angelenos love black, after all. But there’s no getting around the fact after several seasons in the limelight, folkloric ruffles and tiers no longer feel fresh. Still, shown to the strains of blaring Brazilian pop, there was something infectious about the sweet, pretty drawstring skirts with multicolored frills peeking out beneath their hems, the flirty sundresses and the ruffled patchwork mini worn with a striped boatneck sweater.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews